War: Nuclear Power

1087 WordsJul 14, 20185 Pages
The Cold War was a time of great tension all over the world. From 1945 to 1989, the United States was the leader and nuclear power and was competing with the Soviet Union to create huge stockpiles of nuclear weapons. However, even though the Cold War ended, nuclear weapons are still a threat. Countries around the world strive to create nuclear power, and they do not promise to use it for peaceful purposes. Some examples of the struggles caused by nuclear weapons include the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Iran’s recent nuclear weapon program. Surely, nuclear weapons have created conflict all over the world since the Cold War era. The world’s conflict over nuclear weapons all began with President…show more content…
This crisis was especially critical because Cuba was so close to Florida, and the missiles could easily attack the United States. The United States was desperate to get the missiles out of Cuba, so they negotiated with Khrushchev to get the missiles out. Khrushchev decided to remove the nuclear weapons from Cuba on October 28 on the condition that the United States would publicly announce that they would not attack Cuba. Also, The United States had to privately withdraw its nuclear weapons from Turkey, which were threatening the Soviet Union. Although it only lasted 13 days, the Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest the world had ever come to nuclear war. The Cuban Missile Crisis was a key point in the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, but it was only one example of the conflict that nuclear weapons caused. More recently, a concerning issue has come up about Iran’s nuclear weapon program. Their program started up around the 1950s, but it is becoming more of an issue today. Iran has been producing enriched uranium, a material used in making nuclear weapons in large quantities. They have 4,500 centrifuges which produce about six pounds of low-enriched uranium per day and an additional 3,700 centrifuges that are ready to begin operation. After further enrichment, Iran’s stockpile of 3,000 pounds of low-enriched uranium will be enough to make two nuclear bombs similar to the one dropped on Hiroshima. One problem with Iran’s nuclear
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